TAUNTON Town have begun to fill the void left by four departed players this week, with the signing of striker Toby Holmes from fellow Southern League Premier South side Salisbury.

The 27-year-old has previously represented Parley Sports, Poole Town and Dorchester Town, before three seasons at Wimborne Town between 2016 and 2019.

In that time he scored 132 goals in 143 games for the Magpies, including two in a 3-3 draw at Taunton in 2018.

Last season saw him join Steve Claridge's Salisbury, scoring 21 times (including 10 in the league) for the Whites.

Peacocks fans will hope that Holmes' goalscoring output can lessen the impact of losing Andrew Neal, who scored 59 goals in 80 appearances before leaving Taunton for Truro City.

Speaking about his new signing, Taunton's head of football Rob Dray said: "The first thing you look at is his goal ratio.

"I've come across him several times over the last couple of seasons, and he's been a constant thorn in our side.

"He's big [6 foot 2], strong, he works relentlessly and looks to play on the shoulder of the defenders.

"I've got to know him quite well over the last six weeks, and he's a brilliant lad - down to earth and uncomplicated, just a nice person.

"He'll be a great fit, and he wants to do his best for the club.

"He wasn't getting the game time he wanted at Salisbury, so we'll show him a bit of love."